AROUND 30 Muslims resident in different parts of the Balearics took part in the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
Yesterday they prepared to celebrate the most important ritual of Islam, the “Hajj”, when the pilgrims go to Mount Arafat.
According to a member of the Federation of Balearic Immigrant Associations, Yousef Jouihri, around 20 Muslims from Palma and around a dozen from Ibiza went to the holy city of Islam at the beginning of this year. This means they will complete the fifth pillar of Islam, which obliges all the faithful who have the physical and financial means to make the pilgrimage which the prophet Mohammed made 1'500 years ago, said a spokesman. According to Saudi Government sources, two million Muslims were expected to arrive in the holy city of Mecca for the annual celebration of the “Hajj”. The ritual will be celebrated during the next four days. In Mecca, the pilgrims visit the grand mosque of Ka'ba, which has a capacity for some 35'000 people.
Once the pilgrimage period is over, the Muslim tradition is to celebrate the Feast of the Lamb on the following Tuesday.

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